The Sloan Village Board will consider raising the income limits for a senior citizen property tax exemption to $12,000 from $10,000 in the 2000 budget, Mayor Kenneth Pokorski said Tuesday.
The mayor, who proposed and helped approve an alternative veterans exemption in 1997, said he would consider anticipated village revenues and the property tax impact on the non-qualifying village residents before proposing the measure.
"I will start looking at raising the exemption," Pokorski said. "I'll see what the net effect is against revenues."
According to a formula used by the village, residents aged 65 or older could qualify for village property tax exemptions of up to 50 percent per year depending on their income level.
The mayor agreed to investigate the matter following a request made by a resident at a monthly board meeting.
In other business, the board scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sloan Fire Hall on Gates Street on the operation of the Sloan-Hamburg Municipal Utility Corp.
Village representatives of Hamburg, Sloan, Leveraged Energy Purchasing Corp. (Lepcorp), which handles the utility's billing, and Power Alternatives, the utility consultant, will be in attendance to answer questions.
In other business, a Rutland Street resident asked the board to consider having adult supervision at the Griffith Street Pool to help young park attendants and lifeguards handle unruly children.
Stephanie Gretch, 17, said she worked alone as a lifeguard and attendant several times the past two years and should have had adult supervision to help her control some of the activity in the park. She quit two days before the park closed because she was assigned to work alone the final two days.
Gretch and her mother, who also was at the meeting, asked the board to change its practice.
Village Attorney David Dale said the board was addressing the problem by hiring older recreation attendants, indicating that four of the five teen center workers hired Tuesday were 18 or older.
Trustee Leonard Szymanski, who is chairman of the village's Recreation Committee, said he was at the pool "a lot of times" the past summer as was Recreation Supervisor Audrey Farrell. He disagreed with Gretch's assessment of inadequate presence of adult supervision.
"I wanted to give the younger people money because they went to school," Szymanski said, explaining why younger park attendants were hired at the park.
The Sloan Active Hose Company 1 will hold an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Sloan Fire Hall. The open house will include video and fire prevention presentations. The public is invited.
The board also voted to let Sloan Active Hose use the Griffith Street Park shelter during the winter as a workout facility. The department will provide all the necessary equipment.